The Small But Mighty Maltese: A Breed Guide

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Carrie Pallardy
The Maltese is the quintessential lapdog. These pups have long, flowing white fur and a petite frame perfect for lounging at home and showing off on the go. While the breed is small, the Maltese (like many other small dogs) makes up in personality what it lacks in size. Get to know this toy breed to help you decide if you’d like to make one a part of your family.

The Maltese Lineage

The breed is named for its island of origin: Malta. These dogs originated on this Mediterranean island, located to the south of Italy, 2,800 years ago, making them a well-established part of the canine family. You can even see depictions of the breed on the pottery of ancient Greece, according to The Spruce Pets.
The luxurious white coat and pint-sized bodies have made the Maltese a popular breed.
Over the years, this distinguished breed has been a favorite of royalty and members of the aristocracy.  

The Breed Specs

Long, voluminous coats of the Maltese may make these dogs appear slightly larger than you’d expect, but they weigh only about seven pounds each, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). Beneath that beautiful fur, these dogs exude a charm that captured the attention of royals for centuries and continues to make it a popular pick for all kinds of people today.
While most people associate the Maltese with a pure white coat, you will also find members of the breed that have some tan or lemon shades to their fur. Some owners opt to keep their Maltese with a closer shaggy cut while others favor the long, showy coat.
The Maltese has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, according to the AKC.

More than Just a Silky Coat

While the long, flowing coat of the Maltese is its most distinctive physical features (one that many owners love to pair with bows and ribbons), there is a lively personality behind all of the fur and frills. These dogs are highly affectionate and intelligent. They have a playful streak and need regular exercise as an outlet.

The Maltese as a Companion

If you opt to keep your pup’s coat long, regular brushing and trips to the groomer will be an essential part of her care. Beyond the grooming needs, a Maltese needs proper socialization and exercise. Generally, these dogs get along well with other pets and kids with supervision.
If you are interested in fostering or adopting one of these dogs, American Maltese Association Rescue operates with a network of foster homes for this breed. You also have the option of doing your research and finding a trustworthy, responsible breeder.


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